As an Emmy & Annie Award-winning actress, Nancy is best known as the voice of spiky-headed underachiever Bart Simpson, but also gives voice to Ralph Wiggum, Nelson Muntz, Rod Flanders, Maggie Simpson, DataBase and Kearney in the town of Springfield on Fox’s 28-year-iconic hit, The Simpsons. Needless to say, it is the longest running scripted TV series in history—starting its 29th year in production. In her 36-year career at the microphone, Nancy has lent her voice to hundreds of other award-winning animated series, including Rugrats (Chuckie); Kim Possible (Rufus the Naked Mole Rat); Richie Rich (Gloria); Animaniacs (Mindy); The Replacements (Todd) as well as Pinky and the Brain; The Critic; God, The Devil and Bob; Mike, Lu & Og; and Chuck Jones’ final work, Timberwolf.
Nancy is known in the non-profit world as a generous and active philanthropist who gives of her time, energy and resources equally. She loves what she does on The Simpsons, however she sees it as a means that fortunately allows her to support many non-profit organizations, particularly those that help children. Whether it is hosting fundraising events at her home to build the local Police Community Youth Center, or appearing at events for Boys and Girls Clubs, or personally tutoring youth to help raise literacy and moral compass standards, Nancy cares about bettering the lives of our future generation. Some of the beneficiaries of her good works include American Library Association, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Cal State Northridge’s Teenage Drama Workshop and the Valley Performing Arts Center, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara and the West San Fernando Valley & LA region, LA Police Department Police Activities League Supporters (PALS) throughout Los Angeles, Kiwanis and The Way to Happiness International Foundation. Many of these programs also contain art elements, as Nancy believes firmly that the arts are an integral part of every child’s life and certainly enrich lives for every community resident. She is equally committed to helping those in her hometown in Ohio, where she has established a perpetual scholarship for forensic students to attend Ohio University.
Nancy is in her 13th year as the Honorary Mayor of the North San Fernando Valley, and in 2013, she was honored with the 55th Annual Fernando Award, for her dedication to volunteerism in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. This prestigious award is supported by the Valley Chambers of Commerce, civic and philanthropic organizations, along with private individuals and corporations located in the San Fernando Valley.
In June 2012, Ohio University bestowed upon Nancy an Honorary Degree Citation – Doctor of Communication in recognition of achievement in her field as an actress, as a philanthropist and through her scholarship endowment established at OU. Nancy was the Commencement speaker and addressed an audience of 14,000 graduates and their families delivering her 6 Rules of Success. The raucous response to her animation characters – Chuckie from The Rugrats, Bart Simpson and others from The Simpsons – opened up the graduates to her deeper messages including her own Six Rules for Success and the response was very strong. The University also produced a highly professional documentary of her visit and ultimately submitted it to film festivals in the region.
Since its inception in 2004, Nancy is very proud of her role as the co-founder of Happy House, a non-profit organization dedicated to “Building Better Families”. Through outreach, books and educational programs, the volunteers are currently helping many hundreds of youths in a unique and proven character-building program, called How to Make Good Choices based on The Way to Happiness. The program is delivered in after-school venues throughout California and is gaining traction in other U.S. areas and abroad. The results have been outstanding so far, prompting the Santa Barbara Boys and Girls Club to bestow their “Shining Star Award” on Nancy, and the Mayor of San Jose to commend Happy House & its San Jose Community United charter group for exemplary public service and benefit to the community.
Nancy, while best known for her work at the microphone, is not camera shy. She has held memorable roles in numerous television series and movies including Fame, Empty Nest, Cheers, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Twilight Zone-The Movie and Godzilla, as well as a lead in the TV movie Marian Rose White. In live theatre, Nancy has performed two highly acclaimed one-woman shows: My Life as a Ten-Year-Old-Boy, based on her book of the same name; and In Search of Fellini, based on a true life experience, for which she won an LA Dramalogue Award.
In May 2015, Nancy’s artistry lit up another field on both USA coasts: Fine Arts, Sculpture. She created a bronze portrait bust of Bart Simpson, which she gifted to FOX Corporation and to the University of Southern California (USC), School of Cinematic Arts. Bartman is on permanent display outside FOX Corp on 6th Avenue in NYC; and a second Bartman is permanently installed in USC’s Cinematic Arts Complex, Steven Spielberg building. This is Nancy’s 4th art piece, and she is at work on two new pieces in her highly creative home art studio.
Under her production company banner, Cartwright Entertainment, Nancy was a very early entry into the world of Digital Entertainment producing with Turner Broadcasting and NASCAR a critically acclaimed animated series called The Kelly’s. Today, as a producer and writer, she is currently in pre-production on a feature film In Search of Fellini. Another company project in development is a comedic animated series about entrepreneurial seniors who have taken over the Miami retirement home called Unassisted Living.